Frank Smallwood – Shelburne

O-2-Milestones-Smallwood-SFrank Smallwood passed away peacefully after a long illness at his home of 12 years, Wake Robin, Shelburne, on Oct. 3, 2013. Frank will be remembered for his smiles and love of life, family, and friends. He took great pleasure in teaching and writing. His life was always centered on his family. He did everything with enthusiasm: writing songs, organizing parades, photographing the “Family Follies,” genealogy, rock and fossil hounding, astronomy, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, singing, drawing, eating ice cream, tap dancing, cutting trails at his family home at Willey Hill, Norwich, and traveling with his best friend, his wife of 62 years, Annie. Frank was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on June 24, 1927, the son of J. William and Carolyn Linkroum Smallwood. After graduating from Lawrenceville Academy in 1945, followed by two years of service in the Army, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951. That year he married Ann Logie of Montclair, N.J. Frank received his Master’s in Public Administration in 1953, and his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government in 1958, from Harvard. He said that after studying government for at least a dozen years, he wanted to experience public service, resulting in four years in the federal government from 1953-57. During the next 35 years, Frank was a faculty member in Dartmouth’s Government Department, until his retirement in 1992. He was particularly interested in public policy and interdisciplinary programs, over time chairing three such programs. In Frank’s words, he was “occasionally sidetracked” into the College administration, starting as Assistant to the President, and ending as founding Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. While continuing to teach, he served as Director of the Public Affairs Center, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Acting Dean of Faculty, and Vice-President for Student Affairs. Frank was very proud to be a Fence Viewer in Norwich. He was active in many public service activities, both in Norwich and statewide, chairing several boards: the Vermont State Colleges, the Governor’s Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the Commission on Higher Education, the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Planning, and as the master of Statewide Reapportionment. He served as Vermont State Senator for Windsor County from 1973-74. Frank wrote, edited, and contributed to many books and articles, on subjects ranging from regional government in London and Toronto, policy implementation, a memoir of his time in the Vermont Senate, a history of UVM presidents, and most recently a biography of Thomas Chittenden, Vermont’s first governor. In 1992 Frank and Ann moved to Burlington, where he enjoyed teaching in the UVM Graduate Masters of Public Administration Program as a Visiting Professor. He chaired the board of several groups, and supported many organizations including the Community Health Centers of Burlington. He and his wife, Ann, established the Smallwood Family Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston. Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Logie; and his wonderful family: their daughter, Susan of Dallas, Texas, her husband, Warren M.S. Ernst, Joshua and David; their daughter, Sandy of South Burlington, her husband, Don Rendall, Sam, Emilie, Katherine and Annie; their son, Dave of Essex Junction, his wife, Patti (Sullivan), Stephanie, Sarah and Carrie; and their son, Don of South Hero, his partner, Stephanie Kiker, Derek and Kendra. He also leaves his brother, Bill of Exeter, N.H.; and six nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his parents; and two sisters, Mimi and Carol. The family wishes to thank Dr. Peter Gunther, Mary Loney of the VNA Hospice program, and all of the Wake Robin staff (Long Term Care and others) for their wonderful care. A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 2 pm. Anyone wishing to remember Frank with a gift, please contribute to a non-profit of their choice.

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